Covent Garden area guide

What to see, do, eat, drink and more in London's glitzy district of theatres, shops and restaurants

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High on every tourist's visiting agenda, Covent Garden offers a mixed bag of restaurants, shops, hotels. The area is synonymous with the Royal Opera House, hosts daily alfresco entertainment at its central piazza, and is surrounded by a plethora of theatres. Chain stores have moved in, but it’s still a nice place to stroll – if you can catch it early on a fine morning.



Critics' choice events in Covent Garden

War Horse

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Five years on, the National Theatre's 'War Horse' has become ubiquitous. The toast of the West End and Broadway, as I write this it's sold out at the New London Theatre for the next two months – by

  1. Drury Lane, WC2B 5PQ
  2. £15-£62.50. Run 2hrs 35mins
  3. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Feb 14
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Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

'My mummy says I'm a miracle,' lisps a pampered mini-me at a purgatorial kiddies' birthday party at the outset of this delicious, treacly-dark family show. The obnoxious ma and pa of its titular,

  1. Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. £24-£85. Runs 2hrs 40mins
  3. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Dec 20
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Alex Jennings replaces Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka from May 19 2014. ‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes’s huge new Warner Brothers musical confirms it: the hottest property in the West End right

  1. Catherine St, WC2B 5JF
  2. £25-£90. Runs 2hrs 30mins
  3. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 31
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Forbidden Broadway

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Ripping through audiences for over 30 years, this take-no-prisoners Broadway revue is dangerously funny. Lining up nearly the entirety of the West End’s current offerings in its sights, it delivers

  1. Vaudeville Theatre 404 The Strand, WC2R 0NH
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Nov 22
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The Woman in Black

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

It's been over 20 years since this skillful adaptation of Susan Hill's 1983 Gothic horror story first started setting West End audience a-shiver. 'The Woman in Black' remains perennially popular –

  1. Russell Street, WC2B 5HH
  2. £18-£61. Runs 2hrs
  3. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Jul 25
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